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Why Do Women Military Vets Avoid Using VA Benefits?Research by UMass Amherst epidemiologist pinpoints factors of health care quality, accessibility and comfort

Ad agency leaks data on US military veterans' combat injuries
Florida ad agency leaks the keys to its entire kingdom, including invoices, campaign metrics, and all collected data.

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Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?

This is a must read for you!!!

I've been posting this again and again over the years and it's still one of the best ways I know to win your case. Published in 2002 the principles and much of the verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

How to download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter proving their status. Access and download your VA Benefit Summary Letter (sometimes called a VA award letter) and other benefit letters and documents online.

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

There Are Protections...When it comes to debt collection, disability income enjoys special status.

Scientists study how service dogs help veterans cope with PTSD

To say retired Army Sgt. Carlos Cruz depends heavily on his service dog, Hannah, is an understatement. Cruz was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from service in northern Afghanistan where he hunted for enemy explosive devices.

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Overpayment? VA proposing to claw back money from your benefits? Submit a Compromise Offer to the Debt Management Center. 

This is the only thing that works. 

​"If you are unable to pay the debt in full or clear the debt in a reasonable timeframe through monthly payments, we can consider a compromise offer.  A compromise means we can accept a lesser amount of money as full settlement of your debt."


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Clumsiness or cruelty? Trump now deporting military veterans, in violation of federal rules
Another established norm trashed as ICE deports undocumented veterans, and then apparently loses their records

Oregon officials start work removing barrels labeled with Agent Orange chemicals from bottom of lake

The barrels are labeled as containing either 2,4-D or 2,4,5-T, commonly known as Agent Orange, which was widely used during the Vietnam War and has been linked to a number of illnesses, including cancer.


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Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base
​This is a part of the effort being made to overhaul the existing VA computer system. The current system is mostly a

dumpster fire where legacy software programs don't speak to each other, older hardware fails and sets in

action a cascade of delays and out of date information isn't purged regularly.
So far this is pure'll find a lot of information here but to do anything with it you'll have

to travel over to eBenefits or healthEvet or some other portal to take action.
But if you're one of us who want to see the real information, the laws, the rules and the regulations that affect your

interactions with your VA, this is where you start. I have to advise that you're going to need a real computer. Trying to explore

this on a phone is going to be terribly frustrating. You'll also need a high speed connection...anything less will drive you nuts

as there is a lot of data to transfer.​​​Your local public library is a great place for a veteran to sit quietly and

access all this on a newer model desktop computer with a blazing fast connection. 
​Here are a few of the thousands of bits of information you ask for every day.

Take a minute and explore with'll be glad you did.

Information on Military Employment Assistance Centers
GAO-19-438R: Published: Jun 17, 2019. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2019.

Understanding VA’s New Process for Verifying Individual Unemployability

​​The VA recently began sending out letters to veterans in receipt of a total disability rating (100 percent) based on individual unemployability (IU) that detail the department's new process for verification of employment status. The letters include some confusing language that the VA is working to clear up.


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Faking a sickness for an ulterior motive – is surprisingly common. Here are some of the ways in which doctors tell real illnesses from false ones.

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Substantial gainful activity is the level of work that a person without a disability can do.

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